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  • 11/03/12--19:26: It Was A Good Day
  • “The term “It Was A Good Day” originated from the song It Was a Good Day by Ice Cube in 1993, The song was a single from Ice Cube’s The Predator album that was released on February 23, 1993.
    The term It Was A Good Day, is said when ever a something bad or annoying that could ruin a day didn’t occur. Or it can be used to when something like a horrible TV show is cancelled.

    THE MEME:
    The meme of It Was A Good day is a micro image of a scene from the music video, most common is were Ice Cube is looking into the sun while driving his car. The on the micro image is the event that happened and then followed by the saying, It Was A Good Day.

    Examples:
    Some example of this are:
    Jersey Shore Was Cancelled, It Was A Good Day


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  • 11/04/12--15:47: Zelda Response To...
  • Note: Work in Progress

    About

    Zelda Response To is a six-pane reaction based exploitable using six incarnations of Princess Zelda, from the Nintendo video game series The Legend of Zelda. The reactions are based on the mood given to them in their games.

    Origins

    [researching]

    The original image was uploaded was to the Japanese art sharing site Pixiv[1] on January 31, 2012. The image (shown below) featured six incarnations of Princess Zelda from various Legend of Zelda games given their reactions to being told “I love you”. It was submitted as one out of over 150 responses[3] to a template, created by Pixiv user leopard[2] on January 2010.

    Precursor

    The image can be seen as an example of illustration fad called “Expression Practice,” which it’s to help out amateur artist to keep a consistent character while trying to fill out the given expressions. Since originating on Pixiv, the exploitable fad had since spread into deviantArt, giving out over 8,000 results under "Expression Meme[5] as of November 2012.

    Spread

    [researching]

    The image was then uploaded to the art sharing Safebooru[4] on February 2012. On March 28, 2012, Tumblr user Joouheika[6] uploaded the earliest translated version of the image to his page.

    Notable Examples

    Search Interest

    External References


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  • 11/04/12--17:11: Keep Hustling Cuz
  • Keep Hustling Cuz was a meme where this image would be posted
    [img]http://i.imgur.com/w61k9.jpg[/img]
    then everyone would post “keep Hustling Cuz” it was originally created by “swag1070” from the bodybuilding.com forums from the Misc Section.


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  • 11/05/12--13:53: Operation Vendetta
  • (work in progress)

    About

    On November 5, 2012, the anniversary of Guy Fawkes’ failed gunpowder plot] Anonymous launched the campaign #OpVendetta to celebrate the anniversary of the treason. The operation included marches to The Houses of Parliament,[1] the original site of the gunpowder plot, as well as several other government establishments across the world including the US,[6] France,[7] the UK,[2] and Quebec.[8]




    Twitter Timeline



    Sources

    [1] Facebook – Operation Vendetta

    [2] Facebook – #Op Vendetta

    [3] Twitter – @ AnonymousPress

    [4] UK Anonymous Events – #OpVendetta

    [5] Wikipedia – Guy Fawkes

    [6] Facebook – Operation Vendetta: Seattle

    [7] Facebook – Operation Vendetta: France

    [8] Facebook – Operation Vendetta: Quebec

    (work in progress)


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  • 11/05/12--20:45: Linkara
  • About

    Linkara (pseudonym of Lewis Lovhaug) is an internet reviewer with That Guy With The Glasses. He currently produces and stars in the show Atop the Fourth Wall, in which he takes a look at mostly bad comic books from a variety of time periods and publishers. It has spawned a few notable memetic catch-phrases and characters.


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  • 11/06/12--16:12: I Should Buy a Boat Cat
  • About

    I Should Buy a Boat Cat, also known as “Sophisticated Cat” and “Fancy Cat,” is an image macro series featuring a photograph of a cat wearing a suit while seated at a table reading a newspaper. The captions typically describe various epiphanies and desires, often using the snowclone template “I should buy a X.”

    Origin

    The singer-songwriter Bjork released a music video directed by Spike Jonze for her song “Triumph of the Heart”[2] in January of 2005, in which she leaves her anthropomorphic cat husband for a night out in the city. In the video, the cat is is seen seated at a table drinking coffee and reading a newspaper while dressed in a blue shirt (shown at 3:56 below).



    On February 2nd, 2012, Redditor DrTango submitted a post titled “I’ll just leave this here" to the /r/funny[1] subreddit, featuring a screen capture of the cat with the caption “I should buy a boat” (shown below). Prior to being archived, the post received over 12,350 up votes and 165 comments.



    Spread

    On February 3rd, the Internet humor site 9gag[7] reposted the DrTango’s image macro, receiving over 40,400 up votes and 4,200 Facebook shares within the next nine months. On February 9th, the image was reblogged on the Internet humor site College Humor.[3] On August 31st, the image was mentioned in an episode of the video game YouTube show Game Grumps. On September 10th, Redditor RoTTaax submitted a post titled “How I feel when I post a long comment that gets 3 upvotes” to the /r/AdviceAnimals[4] subreddit, featuring an image macro with the caption “I should write a book” (shown below). Within one month, the post received over 9,900 up votes and 45 comments.



    On November 6th, Redditor bathroomstalin submitted an image macro titled “We’ve all thought about it” to the /r/AdviceAnimals[5] subreddit, which featured the cat image with the caption "I should buy a “horse mask.” The same day, Redditor TwoSwords submitted a post titled “Well, he went out and did it,”[6] which featured a photoshopped version of the image with a horse head mask superimposed over the cat’s head (shown below). Within 24 hours, each post reached the front page receiving thousands of up votes.



    Notable Examples

    As of November 6th, 2012, a Quickmeme page for “Fancy Cat”[9] has received over 75 submissions and a page for “Sophisticated Cat”[10] as accumulated over 630 submissions. On Tumblr,[8] other photographs of inquisitive-looking subjects have been captioned with the phrase “I should buy a boat.”



    Search Interest

    External References


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  • 11/06/12--18:49: Julian Smith
  • About

    Julian Smith is an American actor, director, and Youtube celebrity (“juliansmith87”)[1], where he is best known through a series of humorous videos. A typical video ends with Smith’s famous phrase: “I made this for you!”.

    HOTKOOL-AID

    I MADETHISFORYOU!!!

    His comedy style varies from dark and sinister to hyper and often overdramatic. His humor is decidedly British, reminiscent of Monty Python in terms of falsetto, cross-dressing, etc.

    Smith is also known to possess several other alter-egos, as he often portrays multiple characters throughout his videos. Smith’s friends, as well as other Youtube stars, have also made appearances, some serving as recurring characters.

    Roles / Appearances

    Internet

    • Jeffery Dallas is the mentally-challenged “cousin” of Julian Smith, who is often seen singing such random songs as “Jellyfish” and “Red Eye Flashes Twice” (both appearing as music videos).
    • Mr. Timn is a milkman seen in several of Smith’s videos. He will usually confront people through their window, before becoming distracted by something in the distance, where he wanders onto the road and is inevitably hit. He has reappeared multiple times, despite his deaths.
    • In September 2010, Smith appeared in the comedy web series The Annoying Orange as the voice of Walnut in “Going Walnuts”.

    Television

    • Smith also appeared as himself in the TV series Smash Cuts, which ran for a total of two seasons.

    Spread

    In April 2009, Smith uploaded a Youtube video entitled “25 Things I Hate About Facebook”, which inadvertently went viral and now has over six million views. The success of said video eventually lead him an appearance on The Tyra Banks Show and afterwards a proposal from Facebook itself in order to create a video within their headquarters. Julian Smith’s channel now currently has over 200 million views and over one million subscribers, making him the 19th most subscribed director on Youtube. He also has over 110,000 followers on Twitter, as well as over 350,000 likes on Facebook.

    Such videos as “Malk”, “Racist Coffee”, and “Hot Kool Aid” have also earned Smith viral success. Many of his videos have been featured on ABC, Funny or Die, the Huffington Post, etc.

    Music

    Smith has also produced several songs in the midst of his career, most of which are available for download on iTunes, “Grandma Like Whoa” being listed as the “Top Album”. The song also has over six million views on Youtube.

    Personal Life

    Smith was born from Pastors Chris and Laura Smith on May 19, 1987 in Nashville, Tennessee – the second of six children. Later in 2009, during the beginning of his Youtube career, he moved to Los Angeles, California, where he would marry Sarah Smith the following year. They have two cats, Scout and Pepper (who have also made appearances in his videos), and a black Labrador named Frank.

    External References

    [1]YouTube – Julian Smith’s channel


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  • 11/07/12--12:36: Camper/Camping
  • Camping is to play in Multiplayer games, get to a corner and wait to enemies until they pass and get a easy kill having the opponent no chance of surviving.
    It is considered completely legit gaming at any point, but for the players its annoying due the lack of skill or difficulty that takes to camp.
    This is a more frequent phenomenon in Call of Duty game series, because of their remarkably small maps and young age players.
    It is being related to overpowered weapons and the use of silencers who make it impossible to spot campers because when they shoot there is no sight of position of the player.
    The most frequent camping victims are rushers.
    Rushers are players who keep on movement permanently through the whole game killing every player on sight, this moving property makes them an easy target for campers because they cant see them. Rushing is also likely to be called Run n Gun .
    Camping is also present in Battlefield game series, but called as ``Stationary Engagement´´. The difference between both is that players use sniper for frontal cover and not as self protection, it also happens when both teams are stuck between a target (Defenders and Attackers) and they have no option to take cover and try to eliminate hostiles and proceed when possible.

    Camper Properties

    Hit Cans:
    Hit Cans are the properties of several FPS that makes bullet trajectory be completely perfect, having infinite speed and no single bullet drop, that makes sniping camping even more easy to success
    Corners:
    They are the preferred spots for campers given the great visibility
    Silencers:
    Used to avoid giving their location at shooting

    Reception

    Campers are bad received at gaming communities because they can get easy score without effort.Campers defend themselves calling it a tactic but other players critic the lack of it.


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  • 11/07/12--14:40: JuliensBlog
  • Who is that?

    JuliensBlog is a YouTube channel created by german Julien Sewering, who uploads satirical videos.

    About Julien Sewering

    Julien Sewering is a german rapper and editor assistent, who worked since 2009 for VideoMedia GmbH Kiel, a TV service german and international public broadcasters.[1]

    The YouTube Channel

    Because of his editing skills, Julien created a YouTube channel on May 29, 2011 under the username “JuliensBlog”[2] including satirical vlogs about things he hates. First three videos were rants about the sealth action video game Metal Gear Solid but all of them three are listed as “private videos”. Even his opinions are really strong satiric rants, he received good reviews. He was first recognized 2 months later on the german knowledge sharing website Raid-Rush.ws.[3]

    Popularity

    (this section should be filled with more information. request editorship)

    After making three rants about german news and entertainment reporter BILD’s magazines, the second one was deleted, he uploaded a “rap analysing” video to YouTube on August 21, 2001 about one of germany’s most famous rappers “Haftbefehl”, because of Haftbefehl’s bad, absurd and anti-semitismic lyrics and also because of his stupidity and egoism.[4]

    Since then, he received many views and first appeared by another famous german YouTube group “ApplewarPictures”. Applewar uploaded a “Schwachsin Hoch 5” episode on October 24, 2011 and Julien is featured after 4 minutes of the video.

    On January 29, 2012, Clixoom uploaded a “Wortspiel” video with Haftbefehl about the word Kanake (a mediterranean looking foreigner) and referenced the word with JuliensBlog.

    JuliensBlogBattle

    The JuliensBlogBattle is a contest announced by Julien about dissing JuliensBlog with a good diss track and music video and rap-battling other candidates. More information about it >>> click here<<<

    External Links

    [1]Editor assistent Julien Sewering

    [2]Julien’s YouTube Channel

    [3]First Discussion about JuliensBlog

    [4]Wikipedia page of Haftbefehl


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  • 11/07/12--15:00: That Guy With The Glasses
  • [w.i.p.]

    About

    That Guy With The Glasses is a reviewer website, founded by Founder of parent company Channel Awesome[1], and star reviewer Doug Walker, among others.

    History

    That Guy With The Glasses was first created after Doug Walker, of Nostalgia Critic fame, left Youtube because of numerous videos being taken down due to copyright infringement. Afterwards, Doug Walker approached long term friend and current CEO of Channel Awesome, Mike Michaud[2], with the idea of creating their own site to house the videos. As the site grew in popularity, other reviewers were introduced, with the first ones being The Last Angry Geek[3], Suede[4] and Film Brain[5].

    Traffic

    Popular Reviewers

    Doug Walker

    Doug Walker is the site’s main reviewer, as well as it’s founder. He is most famous for creations Nostalgia Critic, where he reviews bad nostalgic movies, and 5 Second Videos, where he attempts to explain a subject matter in a short amount of time, among others.

    Linkara

    Linkara (Real name Lewis Lovhaug), is one of the other main site reviewers, and mainly reviews Comics. Linkara’s main show is Atop the fourth Wall, where he reviews comic books, but unlike other reviewers, his reviews have a narrative behind them.

    Todd In The Shadows

    Todd in The Shadows (real name Todd Nathanson) is one of the sites music reviewers. His main shows are Pop Song reviews and One Hit Wonderland, where he looks back and explain the success of old One Hit Wonder songs. The main feature of his reviews is that he wears a mask and sit’s in the dark, in order to hide his face.

    Search Interest

    External References

    [1]Wikipedia – Channel Awesome

    [2]Channel Awesome wiki – Mike Michaud

    [3]Channel Awesome wiki – The Last Angry Geek

    [4]Channel Awesome wiki – Suede

    [5]Channel Awesome wiki – Film Brain


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  • 11/07/12--17:31: Kim Dotcom
  • [Work in progress]

    About

    Kim Dotcom, born Kim Schmitz, is an Internet entrepreneur known for founding the online file storage website Megaupload. Dotcom gained noteriety in January of 2012 when he was arrested by U.S. officials in New Zealand for violating copyright laws.

    Online History

    According to Investigate Magazine[2], Schmitz began hacking at an early age and was convicted of bypassing computer security at NASA, the Pentagon and Citibank as a teenager under the pseudonym Kimble. The tech news site Socially Engineered[3] reported that Schmitz subsequently hacked into hundreds of United States companies’ PBX systems in order to sell access codes for $200 each. In 2001, he purchased thousands of dollars worth of shares in the company LetsBuyIt.com.[5] After announcing that he planned on investing in the company, LetsBuyIt.com share value rose dramatically, causing Schmitz to sell his shares and make a large profit. Fast Company[6] reported that after fleeing to Thailand to avoid being prosecuted by German authorities for insider trading, Schmitz pretended to kill himself online by posting on his website that he wished to be known as “His Royal Highness King Kumble the First, Ruler of Kimpire.”

    Megaupload

    Kim founded the company Megaupload while living in Hong Kong on March 21st, 2005 The company consisted of several file hosting web services, including Megaupload.com, Megapix.com, Megavideo.com, Megalive.com, Megabox.com and Cum.com. Several financial and advertisement services were created as well, including Megaclick, Megafund, Megakey and Megapay. The tech news blog Digital Trends.[8] reported that Google sent Megaupload a letter ending their AdSense partnership due to the presence of copyrighted material on May 17th, 2007. In 2009, Megaupload began blocking IP addresses from Hong Kong. On May 23rd, 2010, Saudia Arabia and the United Arab Emirates began blocking access to Megaupload for copyright infringement and pornographic material. In January of 2011, the research firm MarkMonitor[9] released a report on online piracy and counterfeiting, which named Megaupload and Megavideo as two top digital piracy websites.



    On December 9th, 2011, the Megaupload promotional music video for “The Mega Song” was uploaded to YouTube, featured several notable performers, including Kanye West, P. Diddy, Jamie Foxx and Alicia Keys (shown above). On January 5th, 2012, indictments against Schmitz and several Megaupload associates were filed on charges of criminal copyright infrigement. On January 19th, Megaupload was taken down by the United States Department of Justice and Schmitz was arrested in Auckland, New Zealand.



    Reputation

    Personal Life

    Kim Dotcom was born Kim Schmitz on January 21st, 1974 in Kiel, West Germany. According to Wired,[1] he legally changed his surname to Dotcom sometime in 2005 in honor of the Internet. On November 29th, 2010, Dotcom was granted permanent residence in New Zealand. He and his wife Mona have five children, including twin girls whom his wife gave birth to while he was in prison.

    Search Interest

    External References

    [1]Wired – The Fast, Fabulous, Allegedly Fraudulent Life of Megaupload’s Kim Dotcom

    [2]Investigate Magazine – Merry Chrischmitz

    [3]Socially Engineered – Chronic – Megalife of Kim Dotcom

    [4]Der Spiegel – Haftstrafe für Schmitz?

    [5]LetsBuyIt.com – LetsButIt.com

    [6]Fast Company – Kim Dotcoms Playboy Bunnies, Russian Nuclear Vessels, And Private War On Terror-

    [7]Wikipedia – “Megaupload#Statistics”http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Megaupload#Statistics

    [8]Digital Trends – MegaUpload saga – A timeline of events

    [9]Mark Monitor – Traffic Report – Online Piracy and Counterfeiting


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    About

    Cosplay Costumes in the Changing Room, also described as “It looks as if a character is taking a bath by putting his/her outfits in the changing room” (Japanese: コスプレ衣装を風呂場に置くとキャラが入浴してるように見える) in Japan, is a photo fad in which people arrange cosplay costumes in their changing room or bathroom as to make it appear as if the character is in the tub or shower.

    Origin

    The first photograph taken in this manner was posted by a female Japanese Twitter user Kyouya (恭也) on October 30th, 2012[1] (shown below, left). After being inspired by a text-only tweet suggesting the idea, she gathered the items to replicate the costume of the character she considered to be her Husbando, Shintaro Midorima from the Japanese manga Kuroko’s Basketball[2] (shown below, right). Midorima’s trademark basketball jersey and glasses were placed in a laundry basket in front of a bathroom door, thus implying that the character is in the middle of taking a shower or a bath. The tweet earned more than 3700 retweets and 1300 favorites within a week.



    Spread

    Within nine days, there were 434 tweets[8] that used the phrase “コスプレ衣装を風呂場に置くとキャラが入浴してるように見える,” or “It looks as if a character is taking a bath by putting his/her outfits in the changing room.” J-CAST News[6] was the first news site to cover the fad on November 5th, 2012. A few days later on November 8th, compilations of these photographs were featured on the Naver Matome search portal archives[4], internet culture site Togetter[5], news site ITmedia[7] and English-language site Kotaku.[9]The following day, a second collection was posted to Naver Matome.[3]

    Notable Examples


    Hatsune Miku
    Yuyuko Saigyouji from Touhou Project
    Hisashi Mitsui from Slam Dunk
    Madoka Kaname /w Kyubey
    from Puella Magi Madoka Magica
    Beach Restaurant Lemon’s T-shirt
    /w Ikamusume
    Star Wars

    Search Interest

    [Not Available]

    External References


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  • 11/09/12--06:10: eBaum's World
  • [NOTE: Entry Under construction]

    About

    Ebaum’s World is a website used to share photos, games and flash animations. Launched in 2001 by Eric “ebaum” Bauman, the site has a large userbase that has at times been influential on the development of memes and participated in raids and events that would later gain notoriety. Ebaum’s was bought by the ZVUE corporation for $16 million in 2008. Since then, Eric Bauman has claimed that he and the original Ebaum’s World staff have been fired from the site and the company continues to use his name without his consent, giving others the impression he is still employed. [1]

    Reputation Online

    h.3 Content Thievery

    Similar to 9gag Ebaum’s World has a generally negative reputation among other online communities. Ebaum’s is reputed to frequently post content from other websites without permission or attributing it to its original author. Since Ebaum’s watermarks its content, this gives users the impression that the content originated on Ebaum’s. Sites that experienced this regularly include SomethingAwful,4chan,YTMND,Newgrounds,Weebl’s Stuff and Albino Blacksheep.[2]

    Ebaum’s has also seen threats of lawsuit from companies like Viacom [3] for hosting content without permission.

    Feud with SomethingAwful

    The feud between users of SomethingAwful and Ebaum’s World purportedly dates back to 2005, when Ebaum’s began using images from SomethingAwful’s popular PhotoshopPhriday without permission. [4] Another key incident what escalated tensions between the two communities occurred on May 26, 2006, when SomethingAwful was forced to begin using a more invasive watermark by a surge of images hosted in Ebaums that were cropped to remove the SomethingAwful watermark.

    Content Commercialization

    Ebaum’s has been criticized by multiple persons for attempting to make a profit off user-submitted content, which often isn’t theirs to begin with. Ebaum’s maintains an online store selling Ebaums merchandise. An attempt to make a TV show, hosted on Fox, featuring highlights of Ebaum’s content, was begun in 2006. At this time, it is reported that the webmaster of Albino Blacksheep was contacted by members of the show’s production team, who requested permission to use the site’s content without informing him what it was for. After this appeal was rejected, the project faded into obscurity.

    References

    [1]Eric Bauman’s Blog
    [2]Wikipedia Article on Ebaum’s, Section Copyright Infringment
    [3]court TV becomes truTV
    [4]Wikipedia Article on Ebaum’s, Section Copyright Infringment


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  • 11/09/12--06:58: SigSig
  • About

    SigSig is a MAKINA styled song composed and arranged by japanese DJ kors k (real name Kosuke Saito). This song became one of the popular BGMs for YouTube Poop Music Videos on YouTube and for MAD videos on Nico Nico Douga.

    Origin

    The song was included in Konami’s BEMANI rhythm game series “Beatmania IIDX 12 HAPPYSKY”, which was released in July 13, 2005.

    Spread

    Google has 336’000 results, YouTube has 1.860 results and under the tag “sigsig” on Nico Nico Douga, there are 403 videos.

    MADs

    [OP isn’t very good at such things. Request Editorship]

    First MAD videos using the music video began with 再現MAD (Re-Production MAD), which consists re-animating or re-drawing an Anime Opening or an animation. Later, it began to trigger in 音MAD (Sound MAD) and then in YTPMVs.

    Mowtendoo’s Emoticon Fad

    The song is also used in a popular fad started by Mowtendoo on YouTube, a MAD creator and the creator of a YTMND fad Ualuealuealeuale, consisting taking a source with a facial expression, slow down it’s speed and appearing an Emoticon in the middle of the video, that corresponds the facial expression worn by the subject.


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  • 11/09/12--10:12: The Million Dollar Homepage
  • W.I.P. + requesting backup

    copypasta from wikipedia:

    “The Million Dollar Homepage is a website conceived in 2005 by Alex Tew, a student from Wiltshire, England, to raise money for his university education. The home page consists of a million pixels arranged in a 1000 × 1000 pixel grid; the image-based links on it were sold for US$1 per pixel in 10 × 10 blocks. The purchasers of these pixel blocks provided tiny images to be displayed on them, a URL to which the images were linked, and a slogan to be displayed when hovering a cursor over the link. The aim of the website was to sell all of the pixels in the image, thus generating a million dollars of income for the creator. The Wall Street Journal has commented that the site inspired other websites that sell pixels.[2][3]
    Launched on 26 August 2005, the website became an Internet phenomenon. The Alexa ranking of web traffic peaked at around 127; as of 18 December 2009, it is 35,983.[4] On 1 January 2006, the final 1,000 pixels were put up for auction on eBay. The auction closed on 11 January with a winning bid of $38,100 that brought the final tally to $1,037,100 in gross income. His website was also featured in the book “Cool Tech Gadgets, Games, Robots, and the Digital World”.
    During the January 2006 auction, the website was subject to a distributed denial-of-service attack and ransom demand, which left it inaccessible to visitors for a week while its security system was upgraded. The Federal Bureau of Investigation and Wiltshire Constabulary investigated the attack and extortion attempt"


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  • 11/09/12--12:15: Drunk Nate Silver


  • About

    Drunk Nate Silver refers to both a Twitter hashtag and and novelty accounts that are associated with tweets describing what the New York Times statistician Nate Silver[1] would do under the influence of alcohol. The trend took off shortly after he correctly predicted the outcome of the 2012 Presidential Election in all fifty states.

    Origin

    Though the parody accounts @nateDRUNKsilver[4] and @DrunkNateSilverp[3] were registered in June and October respectively, the trend did not take off until November 7th, 2012, when campaign consultant Dan Levitan tweeted about Nate Silver getting drunk and predicting people’s deaths in the New York City subway. By November 9th, the tweet had 3,086 retweets and 1,043 favorites.




    Spread

    On November 7th, the phrase “Drunk Nate Silver” was mentioned on Twitter 9,163 times[7] and the corresponding hashtag was used 3045 times[8] in tweets jesting that the statistician was psychic and could predict the future. On November 8th, the trend was covered by several internet culture blogs and news sites including Gawker[9], the Huffington Post[10], CNN[11], Buzzfeed[12], the Inquisitr[13], the Washington Post[14], the Awl[15], the Atlantic[16], Wired[17] and MSN Now.[18] It was also discussed on message boards including MMO Champion[19] and the Democratic Underground.[20] The next day, more coverage of the trend appeared on The Week[21] and NPR affiliate Capital Public Radio.[22]

    Notable Examples





    Twitter Feeds



    Search Interest

    [Not Currently Available]

    External References

    [1]Wikipedia – Nate Silver

    [2]Twitter – Search for #drunknatesilver

    [3]Twitter – @DrunkNateSilver | Registered October 8th, 2012

    [4]Twitter – @nateDRUNKsilver | Registered June 30th, 2012

    [5]Twitter – @DrunkNateSilv1 | Registered November 8th, 2012

    [6]Twitter – Search for “drunk nate silver”

    [7]Topsy – Statistics for “drunk nate silver”

    [8]Topsy – Statistics for #drunknatesilver

    [9]Gawker – Let’s Play ‘Drunk Nate Silver,’ the Hilarious New Twitter Game

    [10]The Huffington Post – ‘Drunk Nate Silver’ Sweeps Twitter: Prognosticator Goes Mad With Power (TWEETS)

    [11]CNNTwitter commandeered by ‘Drunk Nate Silver’

    [12]Buzzfeed – Meet “Drunk Nate Silver”

    [13]The Inquistr – ‘Drunk Nate Silver’ Trends On Twitter, Is Hilarious Commentary On Statistician’s Big Win

    [14]Washington Post – Drunk Nate Silver rules the Internet

    [15]The Awl – Play “Drunk Nate Silver”

    [16]The Atlantic – Battle of the Nate Silver Twitter Memes

    [17]Wired – Giddy Tweets Move From ‘Nate Silver Facts’ to ‘Drunk Nate Silver’

    [18]MSN Now – Drunk Nate Silver counting out exactly five hundred and thirty-eight french fries at McDonalds, then slowly dipping 206 of them in ketchup

    [19]MMO Champion Forums – Drunk Nate Silver

    [20]Democratic Underground Forums – Drunk Nate Silver

    [21]The Week – ‘Drunk Nate Silver’: The best tweets from the funniest post-election meme

    [22]Capital Public Radio – ‘Drunk Nate Silver’ Parody Wakes Up After Real Nate Silver’s Big Score


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  • 11/09/12--14:46: you so funny
  • you so funny




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  • 11/09/12--16:52: Carl Sagan
  • About

    Carl Sagan was an American science professor at Cornell University that specialized in astronomy, astrophysics and cosmology. He is well known for his popular science books and for hosting and co-writing the 1980s television series Cosmos: A Personal Voyage.

    Online History

    On April 2nd, 2007, YouTuber darknlooking uploaded a video titled “Carl Sagan – Pale Blue Dot,” featuring a slideshow of space photographs accompanied by Carl Sagan’s narration from the audio book Pale Blue Dot: A Vision of the Human Future in Space. Within the next five years, the video accumulated over 2 million views and 8,500 comments.



    In 2009, Sagan’s widow Ann Druyan launched the “Carl Sagan Portal” website, promoting the Sagan family’s ideas and work. On September 17th, YouTuber melodysheep uploaded the first Symphony of Science video (shown below), featuring auto-tuned footage from Carl Sagan’s Cosmos series. Within three years, the video accumulated nearly 8 million views.



    On October 26th, The website CarlSaganDay.com[5] was launched in preparation for the November 9th celebration of Sagan’s birthday. The holiday was started by the Center for Inquiry,[4] a non-profit organization which encourages evidence-based examination of pseudo-scientific practices. On November 16th, Xkcd[7] published a webcomic titled “Sagan-Man,” featuring a man who is given the powers and abilities of Carl Sagan (shown below).



    On January 9th, 2011, Reid Gower[6] launched the Sagan Series[2] educational project which aimed to promote scientific literacy with viral videos inspired by Carl Sagan (shown below). On February 2nd, a Facebook[3] page for the series was created, which accumulated over 60,000 likes within two years.



    Sagan is frequently mentioned as a joke on the /r/circlejerk[11] subreddit, referencing the deceased scientist’s popularity on Reddit. As of November 9th, 2012, the top “Carl Sagan” page on Facebook[12] has accumulated over 172,000 likes.

    Notable Images

    Sagan has often been the subject of image macros and animated GIFs, many of which reference his approval of using the drug marijuana as a means of intellectual inspiration. Additional examples can be found on Cheezburger[9] and Tumblr[10] under the tag “#carl sagan.”



    Reputation

    Sagan became associated with the catchphrase “billions and billions” after being impersonated by Johnny Carson on The Tonight Show (shown below). Sagan claimed the only time he ever used the phrase was in a passage in the book Cosmos.

    “A galaxy is composed of gas and dust and stars--billions upon billions of stars.”

    This inspired the creation of the sagan unit of measurement, which is defined as a number equal to at least four billion.



    Sagan was known for being politically active and spoke out against Ronald Reagan’s “Star Wars” nuclear missile defense initiative in 1983. After the Reagan administration dismissed a Soviet moratorium on the testing of nuclear weapons as a fabrication, Sagan was arrested, along with other peace activists, protesting outside of a United States nuclear testing facility in Nevada.

    Personal Life

    Carl Sagan was born in Brooklyn, New York on November 9th, 1934. In 1957 he married biologist Lynn Margulis, having two children before they split. In 1968, he married artist Linda Salzman, with whom he had one child. In 1981, he married the author Ann Druyan and had two more children. On December 20th, 1996, Sagan died of pneumonia at the age of 62 after suffering from myelodysplasia. Sagan was an advocate for using the drug marijuana and wrote an essay under the pseudonym “Mr. X,” explaining how the substance provided him with intellectual inspiration. His widow, Ann Druyan, became a member of the board of directors on NORML, a non-profit organization which aims to achieve legalization of recreational use of cannabis.

    Notable Videos



    Search Interest

    External References

    [1]CarlSagan.com – The Carl Sagan Portal

    [2]SaganSeries – The Sagan Series

    [3]Facebook – The Sagan Series

    [4]Center for Inquiry – Center For Inquiry

    [5]CarlSaganDay.com – Carl Sagan Day

    [6]Twitter – Reid Gower

    [7]xkcd – Sagan-Man

    [8]Amazon – Cosmos

    [9]Cheezburger – sagan

    [10]Tumblr – carl sagan

    [11]Reddit – /r/circlejerk sagan

    [12]Facebook – Carl Sagan


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  • 11/10/12--08:38: Gak
  • Gak is a Nickelodeon putty toy, a compound of variable colors, that has been sold and distributed from 1992 to the present day.

    Origin

    The Gak meme initially originated on livestreams of the first two episodes of the third season of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, where the commercial was seen several times repetitively during the airing. Many Bronies found this amusing/annoying and began to flood the livestream chat with Gak-related entries.

    The following is recorded footage of said livestream and its chat from BronyState (note how in 33:50, when the commercial begins, the chat is almost instantly flooded with “Gak”):

    “Gak” subsequently appeared on 4chan, with threads like this, particularly related to the MLP livestream and the Gak commercials.

    One of the earliest images (posted on Otaku Ascended during livestream) of Gak:

    Spread

    At 11:16 AM of November 10, the Gak was featured on the blog Equestria Daily by its creator Sethisto, who acknowledged the meme in this post.

    Subsequently, Ask Gak on Tumblr was created.


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  • 11/10/12--10:49: Kibo
  • About

    James “Kibo” Parry[1] is a humorist who was an early Internet celebrity for his wacky hijinks on Usenet in the late 1980s and early 1990s.[2][3][4]

    Online History

    Kibo Is God

    Kibo would quickly respond to any post that mentioned his name, using grep to search the entire Usenet feed for such posts. This led to the joking impression that Kibo was an omniscient being akin to the Usenet Oracle, the Invisible Pink Unicorn, and Bob. This in turn led to the creation of alt.religion.kibology[5][6] by Kibo and his fans.

    Kibo’s Signature

    Kibo’s posts would often be followed by an incredibly long signature[7] as a parody of the increasingly detailed and self-aggrandizing signatures of other Internet users.

    Happynet Proclamation

    In 1992, Kibo issued the Happynet Proclamation[8] proposing to reorganize Usenet into three top-level domains for “bozo”, “non-bozo”, and “mega-bozo” discussion groups.

    1992 Presidential Campaign

    Kibo ran a fake online campaign for President in 1992 to parody the strong third-party showing of Ross Perot. An FTP archive stored copies of Kibo’s online statements alongside the speeches of Clinton, Bush, and Perot, and a copy of this archive was briefly served by the official Internet site of the White House until the Libertarian Party complained about the inclusion of Kibo’s statements while their own candidate’s statements were excluded.[9]

    Reputation

    Kibo was profiled in about two dozen newspaper and magazine articles from 1993 to 1997[9], beginning with a September 1993 profile in Wired Magazine.[10]

    External References

    [1]Kibo – Kibo’s web site

    [2]Wikipedia – James Parry

    [3]c2wiki – JamesKiboParry

    [4]TVTropes – Kibo

    [5]Usenet – alt.religion.kibology

    [6]Wikipedia – Kibology

    [7]Birdhouse Arts Collective – Kibo’s .signature file

    [8]Fun_People archive – Happynet Proclamation

    [9]Kibo – Kibo’s Vanity Page

    [10]Wired Magazine – Electric Word / September 1993


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